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Beekeeping is a very interesting and profitable venture that can be combined with other ventures or jobs with ease. Keeping bees is practiced by hundreds of people in the Netherlands as a profession or a hobby. Together, Dutch beekeepers have 40,000 to 80,000 beehives spread all over the country. By managing their hives, they ensure the pollination of all sorts of vegetables, fruit and seed crops.


  • Overview of apiary location and management
  • Various bee species
  • Mites and parasites, diseases and treatment, hygiene
  • Pollination
  • Supervision of quality control in various aspects of beekeeping and honey production; standardisation of types of honey
  • Value added bee products: wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom and other processed products
  • Supplemental nutrition
  • Hive and bee management: queen breeding and queen selection, swarming, dividing, etc.
  • Protective clothing
  • Construction of beehives and beekeeping equipment
  • Bee biology, lifecycle and bee species & races
  • Types of bee hives
  • Hive management, preparation & maintenance
  • Monitoring bee colonies, tools & equipment
  • Site selection of apiaries
  • Ecology of bee meadows, bee gardens
  • Pests, diseases and other nuisances
  • Ecological safe treatments
  • Harvesting, extracting/processing honey
  • Extracting other hive products
  • Queen rearing and production
  • Record keeping and analysis
  • Marketing bee products (adding value)
  • Training, extension services

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